Thursday, September 6, 2018
Dr. Ivan Harrell
A New College President's First 100 Days at TCC
Having a passion for community college education, Dr. Harrell strives every day to lead a group of professionals in providing the best environment, programs and services students need to complete their academic and career goals.

Dr. Harrell most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Before Georgia Piedmont, he served as the Vice President of Success at Lone Star College, Dean of Student Services at Anne Arundel Community College, Coordinator for Student Affairs at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Assistant to the Vice President at Tallahassee Community College.

Dr. Harrell is a published author, having written or co-written at least eight scholarly articles and book chapters. He has also served as a presenter at numerous local, regional and national conferences and seminars. Dr. Harrell completed his doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) at Florida State University, where he defended his award-winning dissertation, titled, “Using Student Characteristics to Predict the Persistence of Community College Students Enrolled in Online Courses.” He holds a master’s degree (M.Ed.) from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Wittenberg University.

Habitat Build 
We had another great crew out on August 31. Special thanks to volunteers Kim Bedier, Marsha Burns, Libby Catalinich, Whitney Grisaffi, Michele Johnson, Cindy Niemi, Renata Ramirez, Debbie Regala, Alex TrettinMark Anderson and Linda Kaye Briggs were there early in the day to film a video.  John Schneider and Jim Whitacre  were scheduled to be on site to feed our great volunteers! Next build dates are September 15 and 28 and there might be a couple spaces left.  You can use this link to register.  If those dates don't work for you there are many other opportunities over the next several weeks to volunteer.  Use this link for a different date.  Here are other members  who  have signed up to participate in the build. Mark Anderson, Jan Brazzell,Linda Kaye Briggs, Mike Dunbar, Sally Glover, Annie Ramirez, Stacey Ogle, Gil Quante, Greg Rolsma, Tamara Williams, Sandi Wollum, and Heather Faverman.
Courage Beer Garden
Thanks again to our wonderful volunteers who provided smiles, snacks and games at the Courage ride stop in Eatonville (Pack Forest) on August 25th.  Special gratitude is extended to Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher and Carolyn Weyrick
The letters requesting support were mailed in mid-July and what wonderful response we have received, with gifts and pledges of $47,000. Please let us know if you did not receive a letter. We are hoping for 100% participation and would like to exceed our fundraising total from last year which was just over $63,000. Watch for the honor roll of donors at an upcoming meeting!

Donate hotel size and full size toiletries

We support Tree House at MultiCare, YWCA, Nativity House Shelter, Salvation Army and other non profits as we are able.  Please donate your unused toiletries in full or small sizes.  We bring comfort and care to those experiencing a child's hospitalization or the homeless,  as well as families, veterans, youth and other individuals who are being rehoused. Bring your donations to a Rotary meeting.  Coordinated by Projects Committee member Maria Harlow  contact her at  if you have questions. 

Annie Ramirez, Renata, Jacob & Diane Tilstra
We are so excited Renata Ramirez and Jacob Christensen have arrived and  have already been to a meeting and had a chance to meet Rotarians at the Welcome Barbecue held at Carol Websters home. They are getting things organized for school and Jacob is already on the Stadium Golf Team!  Be sure to introduce yourself to these great new students and find a way to include them in some of your activities this coming year!
Membership Proposal
Unless written objections are submitted to the Board within 10 days of this posting, the following individuals will be invited to membership: 
Lin Zhou
EDUCATION - Vocational
Bates Technical College
Sponsor: Maria Harlow
John Douville
REAL ESTATE - Residential
Windermere Professional Partners
Sponsor: Barry Benson
Katrina Self
Eisenhower Carlson PLLC
Sponsor: Barbara Mead
Invocation/Reflection - Miriam Barnett
Anthem & 4 Way Test -  Barry Benson
Board Greeter- Roving Mic -  Carol Duris
Greeter- Roving Mic  -  Alex Davis
Fine Counter - Carol Duris
Meeting Reporter for Gearshift - Libby Catalinich
Meeting Sponsor - Read 2 Me Team
AV Assistance - Jeff Rounce
There are clipboards at every meeting for you to sign up to help out!
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
Birthdays This Week 
John Schneider - Sep 07
Anniversaries to Celebrate 
Joe Gordon, Jr. - 49 years 
Michael Thompson - 3 years 
Missy Zenczak - 3 years 
Susan Barbeau - 4 years 
Dona Ponepinto - 4 years 
Don Hansen - Gig Harbor
Maria Harlow - Sunset
Jan Brazzell - Sunset
Mark Anderson - Sunset
Larry Treleven - Lakewood
Sally Glover - Lakewood
Barry Benson - Tacoma North
Barry Benson - Sunrise
Larry Treleven - Denver
Our next Thursday at 5 is coming up on September 13th and we expect another great crowd.  Check your calendar and use this link to register now.
Upcoming Socials
The Fellowship/Relationship Building Committee invites all members of Tacoma #8 to join them on Thursdays at 5 pm. These socials are a great way to meet some new Rotarians or catch up with old friends. Pandakas, these meetings will fulfill your "social" requirement prior to graduation and, for all members, it’s fun
September 6
No Social-Happy Labor Day
September 13
Thursdays at 5 Meeting
Johnson Stone & Pagano
September 20
Chambers Bay Grill
6320 Grandview Drive West
Tacoma, WA
September 27
5104 Grand Loop
Ruston, WA
Reflections from the 8-30 meeting by Chris Serface
The meeting for August 30, 2018 started promptly with Stephen Deal giving a wonderful invocation with a reading of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.  Stephen recounted some of the wonderful things about Maya Angelou’s life and accomplishments.  Next, Jennifer Wedderman led a stirring rendition of the National Anthem.  It was Jennifer’s first time in front of the club and she did wonderful. 
Linda Kaye started off with a joke that went over like one of Mark’s puns from last year, polite laughter ensued.  Many guests were introduced including our two new exchange students. Linda Kaye reminded us to welcome them as new family members.  Also shout-outs were given to Dr. Chen and Jamie Brooks for always bringing guests to our club. Linda Kaye took a moment to read a postcard from last year’s exchange student, Mik, from his vacation in Italy.  He let us know that he misses us all. Robin Echtle let everyone know that Denny Rowley (sic) was a guest that missed being introduced so the matter was rectified and she introduced him and he introduced his wife.
Monique Nadeau sponsored the meeting and started with a quiz asking any of us if we had a friend or family member who had battled cancer.  She let us know that 4 out of 10 people will be diagnosed in their lifetime.   Cancer research is changing all the time but needs funding.  A great way to do that is by attending Rock the Foundation, a concert featuring Big Bad Vodoo Daddy on  September 15, 2018.   I will be great times with friends, music, and dancing.
Linda Kaye recognized the members in attendance who were celebrating anniversaries. 
Annie Ramirez and Major Don Sheppard came up to make a paid announcement.   It was to encourage Rotarians to attend a breakfast on September 12th to help end homelessness. It is a free breakfast, but donations are greatly appreciated. 
Robin Echtle asked for minds and opinions for the “Robin needs your help committee” aka The Logistics Move to the Tacoma Yacht Club.  Several people volunteered.
Linda Kaye introduced Missy Zenczak who in turn introduced our speaker Kim Bedier.  Kim is in charge of the Tacoma Dome, Cheney Stadium, The Pantages, The Rialto, Theatre on the Square and the convention center.  Kim’s main focus during her presentation was the $32,000,000 capital improvements project for the Tacoma Dome. The staff of her department is taking this gift very seriously. The project is focusing on customer experience for front of house and back of house users. This will make the space is comfortable and competitive. Jim Merritt who was involved in original project and is helping with this renovations. All new seating will be replacing the aluminum benches. Upgraded and additional restrooms, sound and lighting, backstage areas, and some enhancements on the exterior will also take place. Homeland Security is touring and consulting for safety improvements. The seats will be recycled for scrap metal by the company installing them. Seating will never be stored in the parking lots again. Because of that, the Dome will gain 200 additional parking spaces. Individual seats in the upper bowl are sized for 21st century bodies (wider). The bottom section will be retractable seats and allow for space to convert quickly.  An artist’s rendition of what the new seating will look like in a concert setting was shown. November will be busiest the Dome has ever been.  Because of Key Arena being torn down, the Dome will pick up several bookings. The hope is to keep them down here. Restroom upgrades were shown.  There will be 300% more facilities including a nursing mothers room.  Artist’s quarters will be created out of an underused storage space.  This space will be to make artists comfortable and want to return more often to Tacoma. The primary theme and element throughout the Dome will be wood. Loading docks are being added to the NE event level. This is the first time that there will be loading docks at the dome. Trucks will be able to pull right up and offload quickly with better use of staff time. Nothing will change on the roof right now but, there is money requested for next year.  It costs $150,000 to clean the roof.  Because of the freeway construction it is not prudent to clean the roof at this time. The sides of the dome will have a wood exterior to tie in the theme. Concessions will have an entirely new feel with a “Tacoma” flavor.  More eating and drinking areas are the goal. Renovation is about making memories for years to come.  The Dome is a great generator of economic impact.  Because of increased calendar availability this should help all local businesses.  Hotel occupancy on event nights is 97%.  37% of patrons to the Dome travel more than 50 miles to attend events. In the next 3-5 years the Dome District will be very different.  Apartments and more businesses are already planning to go into the area.  The Convention Center Hotel project is going well.  The crane being used may not have lights but it does has a UW Flag.  The projected opening date is Spring of 2020. 160 full times jobs will be created by the hotel.  There are also 1000’s of workers building the hotel.  The free standing 314 feet tall crane, is the largest in city history.  Kim briefly talked Pantages turning 100 this year and its 6.6 million dollar renovation.  It is a combination of city and state funding.  Restoration of the interior, improved seismic features, improved acoustics, and improved seats will all debut when it reopens.  The center aisle will also be restored.  There are still seats that you can buy to help with the project. Kim finished up by stating that the mission and goal they work towards is that everyone leaves the venues changed for the better.  The should feel as if “Magic Happened”. 
Linda Kaye thanked Kim and presented her with a thank you gift from the Hilltop Artists. 
There was time for some True Confessions from: Brien Elvins, Doug Rohner, Carlyn Roy, Jack Warnick, Jeff Lovely, Cindy Niemi, Ray Schuler, Rick Oldenburg, and Jim Merritt.
Before dismissing the meeting, Linda Kaye had everyone stand who had volunteered for the Courage Classic.  A big round of applause was given to all of them.  Another round of applause was given to all who went to Carol Websters’ house for the welcome BBQ for our new exchange students. 
Linda Kaye thanked everyone who assisted with the meeting and announced the social at The Social Bar & Grill.  Next week Dr. Ivan Harrell from Tacoma Community College will speak..  Reignite Your Rotary!  Done at 1:00 on the dot.

A Thought for the Week from Past President  and Past District Governor Jim Harris

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today. William Allen White



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The Gearshift is a weekly publication to inform you about current happenings in the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8. We meet on Thursday at the Landmark Roof Garden Room, 47 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma 
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